Inspiring Wakefield

Primary Futures and the National Association of Head Teachers is delighted to be working together on a programme of inspiring events for children in primary schools across Wakefield.

Inspiring Wakefield connects primary schools in the area with a huge range of volunteers from local organisations to broaden children’s horizons and show them that by working hard at school, they can be whatever they want to be.

A series of inspirational events and activities are taking place in 16 primary and infant schools across the city in spring 2018.

Launched on 13 February at South Parade Primary, volunteers from a wide range of interesting careers came to the school and talked to children about the jobs they love and how they got there.

MP Mary Creagh writes about her experience of the campaign in the Wakefield Express.

Meeran McRae, Wakefield Council Chief Executive said:

“The children did a wonderful samba drum play and then played ‘through the keyhole’, guessing the occupation of some of the volunteers there. These included a veterinary nurse, a train driver and Owain Wyn Evans, who some recognised as the Look North weatherman. The children had some inspired guesses and were a credit to the school in their enthusiasm and good behaviour.”


Following on from this event at South Parade, volunteers have joined us at Flanshaw Junior Infant and Nursery School, Newton Hill Community Primary and The Mount Junior Infant and Nursery School to continue inspiring children across Wakefield.

Teacher, Miss Shepherd, commented on the event at Flanshaw:

“Today has definitely been a huge highlight in my teaching career. Watching the faces on our children as we introduced the amazing volunteers into our school hall and classrooms was priceless. Primary Futures what an amazing scheme to inspire our children.”

Comments from pupils at The Mount Junior Infant and Nursery School highlight the importance of tackling the formation of gender stereotypes at primary school age:

“I was shocked that the lady was a building contractor, it’s usually men who work in building. It shows us that everyone can do whatever job they want to do”, Daimonas from year 3.

If your school would like to get involved in Inspiring Wakefield, please contact

Or if you live near Wakefield and would like to volunteer to go into local schools and talk about your job, please sign up to Inspiring the Future at the top of this page.


 Wheldon Infant School and Nursery hosted their first Primary Futures event. Tracey Lake, the Head Teacher, shared her experience of working with Primary Futures. Read her account here.




Over 220 volunteers have signed up and inspired 1,800 children in Wakefield, with three more schools hosted a Primary Futures event. Read the full story here.




 Carmel Harrison, who joined us as a volunteer at Ossett South Parade Primary School, shared her experience of volunteering with Primary Futures. Read her blog post here.



Summer in Wakefield: Catch up on the events taking place across Wakefield during the summer term.